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Monday, June 10, 2013

Sean Kelly

After Superman, What’s Left for Summer?

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The summer movie is peaking relatively early this year with this weekend’s release of Man of Steel.  This Superman reboot is poised to rule the box office and it is being released a mere month and half into the traditional four month summer movie season.  In comparison, The Dark Knight Rises last year was released a full month later on July 20.  It can be argued that the top films of summer have now been accounted for and the rest of the films to be released will be either take it or leave it.  As such, I thought that I would go through some of the remaining summer films and try to decide whether they will be worth seeing.

This is the End – June 14
I’ll begin with the first of the two apocalyptic comedies this summer, which has the misfortune of being released against Man of Steel.  Even though the film is poised to fail big time, I’m interested in seeing the film and will try to squeeze it into one of the upcoming weeks.

World War Z – June 21
Zombie films have gone mainstream with this adaptation of novel, starring Brad Pitt.  Since the film has a PG-13 rating and seems to be about zombies in name only, I’m quite reluctant in seeing what might end up being a generic action film.  As such, I’ll be skipping the film.

Monsters University – June 21
As much as people of frowning at Pixar increasingly mining past hits, I believe that this film holds promise.  However, I might end up sacrificing the film to fit This is the End into my viewing schedule.

White House Down – June 28
After delving into Shakespearian conspiracy theories, Roland Emmerich is back in his element with the second White House invasion film of the year.  This film should be dumb fun, just like Emmerich’s other films, and I’ll probably check it out.

The Lone Ranger – July 5
After Man of Steel, this will probably be the final major blockbuster of the summer.  With the Pirate of the Caribbean team involved, this should end up being a fun film.

Despicable Me 2 – July 5
The first film was cute, though I’m not sure if I’ll see the sequel in theatres.

Pacific Rim – July 12
I’m not sure if the film will find mainstream success, but I’m personally quite excited for the latest film by Guillermo del Toro.

Red 2 – July 19
I enjoyed the first film, so I’ll probably be back on board for the sequel.

R.I.P.D. – July 19
Why did we have to wait more than 15 years for a Men in Black knock-off to show up?  This film looks like it could be fun, though I’m not sure if I can fit it in.

The Conjuring – July 19
James Wan is back with a new haunted house horror film, which I’m going to try really hard to fit into my schedule (even if I’m more excited for Insidious Chapter 2 in September).

The Wolverine – July 26
The concept of a second solo Wolverine film is less exciting in the wake of next year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.  However, I probably will still see the film.

2 Guns – August 2
Other than the fact that it stars Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington, I know nothing about this film.  As such, I’m not sure if I’ll see it or not.

Elysium – August 9
Neill Blomkamp’s sophomore film might end up being one of the sleeper hits of the summer.  I’m looking forward to it.

Kick-Ass 2 – August 16
The novelty of the first film has wore off, but a possible scene-stealing turn by Jim Carrey has me excited.

The World’s End – August 23
Edgar Wright concludes his Cornetto trilogy with a film I’m very much excited to see.

You’re Next – August 23
I already saw the film when it played Midnight Madness in 2011, but I’m willing to go see it again because I loved it so much.

And that’s my round up of the remaining films of the summer.  While all the big hits have probably now come and gone, there will still be some films worth seeing.

Sean Kelly

About Sean Kelly -

Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).